There were delayed flights, missing luggage, jet lag and the normal challenges along with the challenges of trying to work in a different culture to manage so many sites to encourage people to know the true character of God. We had excellent support from the local church conference and leadership. Without them we could not have accomplished anything.
So for about 25 days my life was very, very interesting and many times exhausting. Thank you everyone for all the prayers that kept each one of us going through the challenges. Health challenges were not the least of them. The dust was formidable at the evangelism site where I was each evening. Above other jobs I had, I also drove speakers to three sites each evening and also assisted by doing the health lessons at one site. We were blessed to witness about 20 baptisms at our site alone, and many other made decisions to prepare for baptism. It is always touching to see people recognize Jesus as their Savior and to accept as Lord and to follow Him in baptism.
There was also something else that was super special about this trip. The organizer, David Dobias, was the the first missionary to be stationed at Kibidula! He was the pioneer for the mission work at the station where we now are stationed. He and his family were the first ones to come after the land was donated by the previous owner, a farmer.
Mr. Dobias was a very influential leader all over Tanzania in those early years. He held many leadership positions in church higher levels.
According to the time of life and challenges, he told me that he felt this would be his final trip to Africa. He has been making trips to Africa for years doing missionary and evangelism work. As part of this final trip, he brought two of his grandsons, who preached at two of the evangelism sites. Also his daughter, who was BORN at Kibidula came the last week to visit the land where she was born.
Mr. Dobias said he was touched as he sees the growth in the churches and missionary sites where there had been so little, or nothing, when he first started the work.
We visited several sites which hold parts of his heart. It was touching to me to be part of this final visit. If it were not for his and his wife's willingness to come to Kibidula, who knows what might have been? God used him and his family to start much work.
Mzee Sanga and family were so happy to see the Dobias family one last time. His son, on the far left played with the Dobias' children. Mzee Sanga was a very important local missionary to assist the the Dobias' as they started the work at Kibidula. It was a very happy reunion, even if for only a few minutes.
|Meeting up with the Sanga family at Kibidula|
|Home, many years ago|
|Pastor Twing and Ethel Twing's resting place until the resurrection|
|Elizabeth was so happy!|
|Bagamoyo - One last visit|
|The Livingston Tower in Bagamoyo|
I praise God for giving me the joy of sharing in this trip with the Dobias family. It was a very, very special time for them and for me as well. May God find us all faithful!